April 15th, 2014, 11:19
I have to take exception here. Saying that Anzio was an unmitigated disaster has to be qualified. The landings themselves were uncontested, and there were no German units of strength in the area that could be mobilized for at least twenty-four to thirty-six hours. The gates to at least make a strong push on Rome were wide open. John "McClellan" Lucas, commander of VI Corps, chose to have his Richmond / Antietam moment at this crucial juncture, and doing nothing is what allowed German units to surround the Anzio beachhead.
This is one of the precise moments where I think Patton could have measurably shortened the Italian campaign. He would very likely have pushed to turn the Gothic Line and scare the crap out of the Wehrmacht.